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25 March 2009 :: 01:03:10 am 27935

Security Stepped Up at Government House

BANGKOK, March 24 - Some 3,300 policemen and 6,000 military personnel will be deployed at Bangkok‘s Government House, with the anti-government ‘Red Shirt‘ protesters led by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) planning a major rally this Thursday and Friday in a bid to oust Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
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Earlier on Tuesday, Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul warned provincial governors not to support people from their provinces in joining the UDD’s mass rally or they would be transferred to inactive posts.

“If they fail to control the situation, it clearly shows they are inefficient in their job,” said the interior minister.

Mr. Chavarat added the instruction was not meant to put pressure on officials — particularly provincial governors — but they did have the duty to maintain law and order. However, core UDD leader Nattawut Saikuea said such a move would only lead to a larger number of supporters at the Bangkok rally.

The group insisted no violence would occur except for egg throwing. The UDD leader did not say how long the protest at Government House would last.

The protesters plan to gather at Sanam Luang on Thursday and then march to Government House on Friday to block Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and cabinet members from entering their offices.

The government was stepping up security measures with the first batch of police and soldiers to be sent to Government House on Wednesday. Army Chief Gen. Anupong Paochinda reiterated the protesters must not resort to violence.

“We can think differently. But we should not conform to violence,” said the army chief. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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